5 Easy Hikes You Can Do Around Kuala Lumpur
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5 Easy Hikes You Can Do Around Kuala Lumpur

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6 August 2018

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The great outdoors! Getting fit doesn’t mean pounding away in a gym or attending classes all the time. Going for a walk or a hike is a great way to break a sweat, explore your surrounds and spend time with family and friends.

We’ve rounded up some beginner-friendly hikes you can do right here in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. And when we say easy, we mean you should have a moderate level of fitness to be able to finish and enjoy the hike within a reasonable amount of time.

Always remember to be well equipped (e.g. water, snacks, light rain jacket / poncho, trekking pole), know where you are going and always let someone know where you are.

 

Sri Bintang

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Touted by many an experienced hiker as being an ‘urban hike’, you can take this short and relatively easy or longer and strenuous, depending on your fitness levels. The city is never far away and you will see construction sites and sprawling suburbia, but be rewarded with views of either KLCC or Kepong.

Starting point: Jalan Seri Bintang 8 (Jalan 11/36), Taman Sri Bintang
Approximate hike time: 90 minutes

 

Bukit Gasing

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This extremely popular hill (a very modest 160m) is ideal for beginners and families with younger children. The suspension bridge is a popular spot to stop and at the end, views across Petaling Jaya are what greet you. It can get quite busy on the weekend, but this is great if you’re planning on a solo hike. Be aware that there are the occasional monkeys along the way

Starting point: From Jalan Gasing, turn into Jalan Lembah 5/2 the Jalan Tanjung 5/4
Approximate hike time: 60-90 minutes

 

Bukit Wawasan Puchong

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Another beginner-friendly hill standing at a friendly 230m, Bukit Wawasan Puchong, also known as the Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve, is popular with hikers who want more of a challenge as it ascends pretty much from the beginning. This is one of the few remaining reserves in the state and is leased to Universiti Putra Malaysia for study by its forestry department so it’s best to stay on the trails and respect boundaries.

Starting point: Persiaran Bukit (Jalan Wawasan 5/1), near Bandar Puchong
Approximate hike time: 90 minutes

 

Broga Hill

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Broga Hill is located on the border of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan and popular with hikers of all levels. It’s slightly higher at 400m and comprises three peaks with great views all round (due to the hill being covered with lalang grass instead of trees), adequate signage and is roped in certain areas. Most hikers get started in the early hours so they can be at the top for sunrise, and before it gets too hot.

Starting point: At the entrance of an oil palm estate opposite what used to be a rabbit farm ironically called Rabbit Fun Land
Approximate hike time: 60 minutes

 

Jugra Hill

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Weighing in at 120m, Jugra Hill isn’t the highest of hills but offers even experienced hikers a good go of it. This hike is unique due to the amazing views of Sungai Langat (flows into the Straits of Malacca) and the fact that the Bukit Jugra lighthouse is on the path. This is also a paragliding spot and on a good day you can see them take off from the base of the lighthouse.

Starting point: Masjid Al-Muttaqim, Kampung Permatang Pasir
Approximate hike time: 90-120 minutes

 

Header image credit: easytraveltransport

 

 


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